Place to Travel - Bir Billing, Dharamshala
Bus - HRTC
Bus Type - A/C, Non-A/C
Time taken to travel - 12 hours
The basic reason to pick HRTC bus is that the roads are not smooth and government drivers are the best bet you would get as far as buses are considered. The other options like personal cars can be preferred as well. Please avoid options for car pooling thru Bla Bla car/other online portals for that matter as it can lead to poor journey experiences.
The Journey begins once you cross Punjab border and enter the land of Nomads. The bus service may not be fruitful but the road has lot to offer. The scenic view, frozen mountains, beautiful sunset, Tibetan Monasteries, 24 * 7 cold weather, River side view (you are allowed to enter into the water and experience Himalayan water), Rafting, Aviation sport - Paragliding. Paragliding sport has also increased a lot of tourism as Bir Billing is world's no. 2 site for Paragliding. Tandem rides (Passenger rides) are also available for visitors to get an experience of flying. People who come to cricket match in Dharmashala also visit to Bir Billing to enjoy the beauty of Himachal through flying. The flying experience not only gives you an experience of the beautiful weather, but also breathtaking view is unimaginable. In bir, the place named "Four table" is a good restaurant to hang out. (Please book 4 hours prior, as the restaurant has only 4 tables to offer for booking). Other options in Bir are Garden Cafe, Joy Cafe etc.
The place can also be used for Trekking as locals are also very supportive.
Advice to travellers - Although options are available for best stay, use more options to live in a natural habitat and use options for exploring the radius of Bir Billing and Dharamshala. The poor politic road experience will surely be compensated by what the place has to offer.